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Get up close to giant pandas during a private tour of the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center from Chengdu. Volunteer alongside dedicated animal keepers to record behavior, clean enclosures and prepare food for the adorable mammals. Ensure the endangered species continue to prosper in the wild and in enclosures with your valued support and gain fascinating insight into the behavior and physiology of the animals. Capture photgraphs with the pandas to immortalize you memories (own expense) and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and convenient round-trip transportation on this tour.  

Highlights

  • Private full-day volunteer tour at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center
  • Learn to record panda activities as you observe the behavior of China's favorite bears
  • Support the staff with their cleaning and feeding duties at the non-profit research facility
  • Spend free time touring the area with your knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy lunch at the on-site cafeteria
  • Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle from Chengdu included

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What You Can Expect

Panda Rescue Center Volunteer for a Day

Baby Panda

Depart from your Chengdu hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the scenic drive to the non-profit research center, located at the foot of a sacred mountain. Transfer to an excursion bus and ascend to the site’s summit to observe resident pandas co-existing happily in replicas of their natural habitats. 

Greet the professional panda keepers and listen to a short orientation sessions, in which the day’s itinerary is outlined. Participate in your first feeding session, preparing fruit, vegetables and special panda cakes and feeding them to the majestic mammals. Revitalize with a traditional lunch after the fist few hours of volunteering, then spend an hour strolling the gorgeous gardens of the enclosures. 

Return to your duties by cleaning indoor and outdoor panda enclosures and recording their behavior and weight. After feeding the pandas a second time, explore the panda center at leisure; use the computers and watch adorable panda videos at the volunteer service centre if you wish. 

After a busy day of volunteering, receive a complimentary t-shirt and certificate that congratulates your valuable contribution to nature. Return to your hotel in a private vehicle with magical memories of your day.

Customer Reviews

doug

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Once in a lifetime experience! This is currently the only place in the world that allows such close contact with such an amazing animal. Sam's email communications were quick and spot-on. Our fabulous guide Worley and our driver met us in our hotel lobby right on time and we enjoyed a pleasant drive through Chengdu and out to the more rural town of Dujiangyan. Along the way we had the pleasure of Worley's company and discussed the past, present and future of Chengdu. This one on one cultural exchange is something my wife and I value during our international travels as much as the must see sights. Worley is a terrific guide and she stayed with us throughout the day to help translate with the Panda center staff and take pictures for us. We helped our keeper care for two Pandas throughout the day, cleaning their outdoor and indoor enclosures, clearing the old bamboo and unloading and prepping the fresh bamboo. The two hand-feeding sessions were incredible and we had the opportunity to see the majority of the other Pandas during our tour of the grounds later in the morning. Note, do not go in the afternoons during the summer as most of the Pandas will be beating the heat indoors. The photo session with the 2 year old Panda was unforgettable and worth every penny especially since most of the funds go right back into the center and breeding efforts. Lunch at the onsite cafeteria was simple but delicious and we had plenty of time to take a breather in the 97 degree F heat of late August. If you're even considering this tour, book it, you won't regret it!!!

Suchirana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I had brilliant day volunteering at Panda Rescue Center. This is by far the best thing to do in Chengdu

Kelli G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Not to be missed!

Karen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is an amazing five start experience and family friendly. The staff were helpful and knowledgable, worth every penny! Def do the photo with a panda portion -- the absolute best!

Angela R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is an expensive day, especially if you have the photo too which I did and would highly recommend, plus much of that cost goes towards the wellbeing of pandas, but it is an amazing once in a lifetime, must-do, experience. cant recommend enough. This day will stay with me forever... but I do love pandas!

mliu01

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour is expensive but worth it! It gave my daughter and I opportunity to get close to the pandas. We had great fun feeding them...even cleaning the poop in the cage.

BA pwd

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

what a fantastic day - up close to the pandas! Not too many people, so perfect for those also to the pandas experiences, feeding them by hand etc. The work programme was pretty relaxed and low energy if you wanted - broke the day up nicely, great lunch in the workers canteen, excellent food! Overall a real highlight of our China/Tibet trip and highly recommended. our guide was a star, spoke excellent English and very helpful and knowledge able etc.

William S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great experience and great tour. Expensive but in the end, worth every penny. Picked us up on time in the morning from hotel in a clean spacious car. We went to a panda center about 1.5 hours away which is not open to general public. Only organized tours. In 8 hours, maybe only saw another 30 tourists. No crowds but tons of pandas. We got to clean the cage a little, feed pandas, walked around and ate lunch with the local workers. The best thing was we paid the additional RMB 1,800 for our kid to sit with panda. The panda even looked over and put his paw on her at one point. Amazing. Such a wonderful day.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a brilliant day, we helped to look after pandas all day had a lovely lunch and my daughter and me had photos with a 2 year old panda. This tour was organised through Samtours and Sam picked us up from our hotel and looked after us all day at this wonderful place. We used Samtours all week including airport transfers. We had an excellent driver Mr Cheung and Andy, Lilleth, Rosa and Carol were our tour guides. We had a brilliant time in Chengdu with wonderful memories. Thank you Sam

ed m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very interesting day of work. My center guide was very knowledgeable and I learned much about the Pandas. When you volunteer to work, you work! It was a once in a lifetime experience and I was glad that I could help support the Center.

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